ERIC Number: ED395552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Reconceptualizing the Leadership Roles of Women in Higher Education: A Brief History on the Importance of Deans of Women.
Schwartz, Robert A.
This paper chronicles the history and many achievements of the deans of women at American colleges and universities in order to celebrate their contributions to academic life. The struggles and accomplishments of the early deans of women, and the creation of the position of dean of men which followed are described. While the deans of men resisted graduate education and the role of administrative coordinator of student life and education, the deans of women encouraged graduate study for training new deans and for expanding the opportunities for research. The "personnel" movement of the 1930s and the publication of "Personnel Procedure in Education" by the American Council on Education incorporated the deans of women's ideas. The role of gender bias in the disappearance of the position of dean of women is also considered. This history shows that much of the initial research completed on students, student culture, and the value of higher education was completed by women, who were either deans or educating deans. The development of student support services, career development activities, discipline and other student-related research was generated, conducted and supported by the deans of women. (Contains 35 references.) (JPB)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Council on Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April, 1996).